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Weekly Roundup: WatchKit is coming soon

Aaron Brethorst | November 09, 2014 | Comments

David Smith, an indie iOS and OS X developer in Virginia, published a great, thoughtful writeup on what he expects to see for developers in the Apple Watch, both later this month and later next year. Smith summarizes what the initial rollout of WatchKit, scheduled for sometime this month, will offer to developers (seemingly feature parity with Android Wear devices, for better or worse). He then postulates, smartly,...


Control of the Week: StrechyParallaxScrollView

Aaron Brethorst | November 09, 2014 | Comments

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Weekly Roundup: CurrentC Gets a Serious Black Eye, and Facebook Dumps Core Data

Aaron Brethorst | November 01, 2014 | Comments

Color me shocked—just shocked—that CurrentC, the ostensible competitor to Apple Pay, has some serious problems. It started with a story on Techcrunch about the "clunky" experience that CurrentC offers:

CurrentC uses QR codes displayed on a cashier’s screen and scanned by the consumer’s phone or vice versa to initiate and verify the transaction.

In comparison, if y...


Control of the Week: VENTouchLock

Aaron Brethorst | November 01, 2014 | Comments

VENTouchLock

VENTouchLock

Control of the Week: JASwipeCell

Aaron Brethorst | October 27, 2014 | Comments

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Weekly Roundup: Ad Hoc Builds are Dead!

Aaron Brethorst | October 27, 2014 | Comments

Apple announced earnings this last Monday, and is currently trading around or above its all-time high share price. As it write this, it's at $105.22, the equivalent of $736.54 before its 1:7 split. There were three big announcements this past week that I wanted to highlight for you.

First, Apple's 'new' TestFlight service is now available, and will let you invite up to 1,000 beta users to test out your apps without having to fight with provisioning profiles or UDIDs. This is, for me,...


Weekly Roundup: New iPads? Meh.

Aaron Brethorst | October 18, 2014 | Comments

Obviously the biggest news of last week was Apple's event where they announced the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, Yosemite, retina iMacs, and the imminent availability of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay. I'm still very happy with my retina iPad mini, and can't imagine any scenario where I would've wanted to upgrade, and the iPad mini 3 doesn't offer a sufficiently compelling reason to spend the cash.

But, that said, if I was still using an iPad 2 or 3, or an original iPad mini, I'd probably be p...


Control of the Week: Google Material Design Icons

Aaron Brethorst | October 18, 2014 | Comments

Google Material Design Icons

Google Material Design Icons...

Weekly Roundup: iOS 8 Adoption Stalls, GT Advanced Implodes

Aaron Brethorst | October 11, 2014 | Comments

Two big (and not very happy) stories this week were the news that iOS 8 adoption has stalled, and that GT Advanced—Apple's big bet in sapphire—filed for bankruptcy.

First, it's been pretty widely reported that iOS 8 adoption hasn't made it out of the 40% range yet. In contrast, iOS 7 (despite representing a far great change to the iOS user experience) was already in the 70% range by this time afte...


Control of the Week: ADTransitionController

Aaron Brethorst | October 11, 2014 | Comments

ADTransitionController

ADTransitionController

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